Merch – Christian Musicians Devotional

Merch Reminds Fans of God's Work - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Choosing new merchandise is always an exciting experience. We evaluate merchandise from last year, looking at what sold well and what did not. Hopefully this evaluation helps us make better decisions about which merchandise to purchase this year. In all the busyness of evaluating, designing, choosing, and purchasing new merchandise let’s not forget why we have merchandise in … Read more

Songs of Joy in the Wilderness – The Christian Musicians Devotional

Songs of Joy - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Many Christian musicians do not get to church as often as we would like because of late night Saturday shows and travelling. This does not make us “bad” Christians, but it can tend to leave us feeling malnourished in our faith. We must become spiritually self-feeding, especially when there is no one else around to encourage … Read more

Complaining – Christian Musicians Devotional

Complaining - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Everyone complains, at least once in a while. We even complain about our ministry. We don’t think much of it and readily excuse ourselves from complaining. It’s just a little thing. Or is it? Here’s an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us get a better perspective on the effect complaining has on … Read more

Right – Christian Musicians Devotional

Being Right - The christian Musicians Devotional

Members leaving bands and bands breaking up are all to common in the Christian music ministry. Disagreements happens, tempers flare, and before you know it—someone leaves. We expect this behavior from secular musicians. But Christian musicians are called to a higher standard. We must keep our focus on working together to accomplish the ministry. Here’s … Read more

Holy – Christian Musicians Devotional

Holy and Anointed - The Christian Musicians Devotional

The anointing we feel when we play on stage is not necessarily a stamp of God’s approval. It is a sign of God’s hand working through us and our ministry to accomplish His will on earth. God can use anything to do His work on earth; for example, He worked through a donkey, a prostitute, … Read more

Night Watchmen – Christian Musicians Devotional

Night Watchmen - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Last winter an acquaintance posted on Facebook after 1 am that the pilot light had gone out in her furnace and they could not get it to stay lit. She needed some space heaters to get her through the night (it was 19 degrees here). I responded back, “Hey, I’m awake and I have 2 … Read more

Greatness – Christian Musicians Devotional

Greatness - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Comparing ourselves to anyone else is always dangerous. It is especially dangerous when Christian music ministers start comparing themselves to musicians. It is entirely possible to be a great musician who is a Christian but not be a great music minister. We are more than just musicians, so the expectations of us are also more. … Read more

Fear – Christian Musicians Devotional

Fear - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Christian music ministries must protect their good name. Christian bookers will not hire a band with a sketchy reputation. We represent Jesus and we want to make Him look good to people who look at us. But what does Jesus think looks good? In an effort to avoid the appearance of sin are we falling … Read more

His Way – Christian Musicians Devotional

His Way - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Have you ever considered that God hears things about you? For example, He hears what other people say in prayer, to your face and behind your back,  as well as what the angels tell Him, what demons accuse you of, and what you say about yourself. God hears about you.  What is He hearing? What … Read more

Suffering – Christian Musicians Devotional

Suffering - The Christian Musicians Devotional

We love to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It not quite as easy to celebrate the suffering He went through before he rose. But that suffering had a purpose—it was part of God’s plan. Like Jesus, God’s plan for us can include suffering. It is hard to be happy about that. We don’t usually have … Read more

Use All Your Gifts – Christian Musicians Devotional

Use All Your Gifts - The Christian Musicians Devotional

In the process of gift buying for Christmas, birthdays, and other special days we frequently overlook the best gift of all—the gift of ourselves. We are more than only musicians. We are people who love and are loved by God. Let’s use everything we have and everything we are to share that love with the … Read more

Messy – Christian Musicians Devotional

Messy - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Creativity is necessary to be an effective Christian music minister. We use our creative gifts in almost every aspect of our ministry including: songwriting, stage presentation, merchandise design and our marketing online. But we often tend to default to what we know has worked in the past for other people rather than putting in the … Read more

Generous Art – The Christian Musicians Devotional

Generous Art - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Let’s stop feeling guilty because we do not have as much money to give as we would like. Instead, let’s realize how much we already give using our gift of music and then push ourselves to give even more. I hope this inspires you to give yourself away completely as you go out and minister … Read more

Strength from the Lord – The Christian Musicians Devotional

Strength - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Music ministry is exhausting at times. The hours are crazy. Food and sleep is frequently sketchy at best. Our bodies are not made to function at their best, especially for live performances, in the circumstances we endure. But God makes up for our lack of energy and strength. Here’s an excerpt from The Christian Musicians … Read more

Unsuccessful Ministry – The Christian Musicians Devotional

Unsuccessful Ministry - The Christian Musicians Devotional

The new year finds me working on updating our list of Christian Festivals and venues. As always, there are changes. Some ministries close while new ones start up. Over the years I have watched many ministries shut down and it is always heartbreaking, not as much for the closing but for the people involved. They … Read more

Neighbors – Christian Musicians Devotional

Neighbors - The Christian Musicians Devotional

Musicians are not the ideal neighbors. We tend to be noisy when the rest of the neighborhood is quiet and awake when everyone else is asleep. We are generally not around on the weekends, so we may not even know many of our neighbors. We don’t have a normal schedule or lifestyle. Most of us accept … Read more